Lakers Prepare for Gasol as Starting Center
While the Lakers were understandably disappointed when Dwight Howard called to tell them he was leaving to sign with the Houston Rockets late Friday afternoon, there was a silver lining. Now that Howard is gone, there will be no talk or discussion about using the amnesty provision on forward Pau Gasol anymore, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com Friday night.
Gasol will likely slide over from power forward to center and be featured in that role, as he was on the 2009 Lakers team that defeated Howard and the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals. It remains to be see who will fill the power forward role — Metta World Peace, Jordan Hill or rookie Ryan Kelly — but the Lakers feel Gasol is a much more natural fit as a center in D’Antoni’s offense than he was as a power forward.